Having a few festive drinks? Take care around the railway and get home safely
Every year there is a spike in alcohol-related incidents on the railway during the festive period. People momentarily forget the risks because they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this Christmas is likely to be very different to others, with fewer people able to socialise and the widespread cancellations of office parties. But despite the uncertainties, our challenge remains the same: encourage people who are intoxicated to behave safely around the railway, and reduce alcohol-related incidents and injuries.
Data shows year-on-year increases in incidents like:
- slips, trips and falls in stations
- risk taking at level crossings by drivers or pedestrians jumping or weaving barriers
- trespassing and running across the track
And despite a 60-70% reduction in passenger numbers during the coronavirus pandemic, we’re not seeing the same reduction in these alcohol-related incidents.
That's why we're advising passengers and the public to stay safe around the railway especially after a few drinks by:
- Standing back from the platform edge, behind the yellow line
- Taking your time on stairs and escalators
- Walking – not running
- Staying off the railway tracks
- Using level crossings safely
- Speaking to staff if help is needed